Someone to Trust

Someone to Trust

Mary Balogh / Sep 20, 2019

Someone to Trust During a rare white Christmas at Brambledean Court the widow Elizabeth Lady Overfield defies convention by falling in love with a younger man in the latest novel in the Westcott series After her hu

  • Title: Someone to Trust
  • Author: Mary Balogh
  • ISBN: Someone to Trust
  • ASIN
    B07B78CVNY
    Series
  • Page: 298
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • During a rare white Christmas at Brambledean Court, the widow Elizabeth, Lady Overfield, defies convention by falling in love with a younger man in the latest novel in the Westcott series.After her husband s passing, Elizabeth Overfield decides that she must enter into another suitable marriage That, however, is the last thing on her mind when she meets Colin Handrich, Lo During a rare white Christmas at Brambledean Court, the widow Elizabeth, Lady Overfield, defies convention by falling in love with a younger man in the latest novel in the Westcott series.After her husband s passing, Elizabeth Overfield decides that she must enter into another suitable marriage That, however, is the last thing on her mind when she meets Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, at the Westcott Christmas house party She simply enjoys his company as they listen to carolers on Christmas Eve, walk home from church together on Christmas morning, and engage in a spirited snowball fight in the afternoon Both are surprised when their sled topples them into a snowbank and they end up sharing an unexpected kiss They know there is no question of any relationship between them, for she is nine years older than he.They return to London the following Season, both committed to finding other, suitable matches Still they agree to share one waltz at each ball they attend This innocuous agreement proves to be one that will topple their worlds, as each dance steadily ensnares them in a romance that forces the two to question what they are willing to sacrifice for love Get A Copy Kindle Store UKOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 400 pages Published November 27th 2018 by Berkley More Details Original Title Someone to Trust ASIN B07B78CVNY Series Westcott 5 Other Editions 6 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Someone to Trust, please sign up Recent Questions Will there be another book in the series like 8 days ago Add your answer Loved the book and all in the series Will there be another book in this series like 8 days ago Add your answer See 2 questions about Someone to Trust Lists with This Book 2018 Historical Romance July December 291 books 142 voters 2018 Historical Romance 248 books 377 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 26, 2019 Julie rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh is a 2018 Berkley publication A winter romance that will warm your heart While attending a Christmas Party at the Wescott s which also doubled as a wedding, the widow Elizabeth Overton and Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, spend some easy going and friendly time together However, they are both aware of a little something extra simmering just below the surface Although they are both convinced it is time for them to marry, it most certainly would not be to one another Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh is a 2018 Berkley publication A winter romance that will warm your heart While attending a Christmas Party at the Wescott s which also doubled as a wedding, the widow Elizabeth Overton and Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, spend some easy going and friendly time together However, they are both aware of a little something extra simmering just below the surface Although they are both convinced it is time for them to marry, it most certainly would not be to one another For starters, Elizabeth is nine years older that Colin What a scandal that would be As the London season approaches, Elizabeth and Colin plan to join in, albeit, solo but, they have promised to share at least one set of dances together at each ball they attend and not just any dance a waltz This one got off to a very sluggish start unfortunately In fact, I had intended to read this one around the holidays but put it aside because it just wasn t working for me right then But, because Mary Balogh is one of my favorite historical romance authors, I was determined to give it another try I am glad I stuck with the book, as it turned out to be a beautiful and heartwarming love story As the title suggests, there are some trust issues involved, especially for Elizabeth, who is determined not to give in to romantic love as she had with her first husband, which ended in disaster I want my own home I want to be a part of a couple so that I do not have to feel lonely at events like family Christmases I want I hope for children Your need is emotional, he said, yet you look for safety and dependability My need is practical, yet I dream of love I would like to be in love with the woman I marry But there are so many other considerations that I suppose are important I dream of perfection, Elizabeth You do not dream at all Can Colin convince Elizabeth she can have trust, stability and romantic love or will she break his heart Once this story finally got moving, I was glued to the pages, loving every conflicted and emotional moment.Overall, this one isn t the strongest book in the series, but despite the slow start, I ended up thoroughly enjoying Elizabeth and Colin s story I m happy they defied convention, despite the odds, and fulfilled their dreams of a happily ever after 3.5 stars If you haven t read the previous installments in the series, I wouldn t suggest starting out with this one While reading the series in order is always ideal, at the very least read the forth book before starting this one flag 66 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Meredith Fabulous review, Julie Jan 27, 2019 07 39PM Kendall Excellent review Julie Jan 27, 2019 07 57PM Nov 26, 2018 Rachel rated it really liked it Shelves historical It s not often that I read a historical romance where the woman is older than the man, I guess I don t read that many in contemporary romances either That s telling, right I think there s still a bit of a stigma with that combination even in the present, and I have to say I m guilty of being just a little hesitant to pick up a book when I know the man is younger than the woman However, whenever Elizabeth and Colin were together on the page, I forgot their ages and just longed for them to find It s not often that I read a historical romance where the woman is older than the man, I guess I don t read that many in contemporary romances either That s telling, right I think there s still a bit of a stigma with that combination even in the present, and I have to say I m guilty of being just a little hesitant to pick up a book when I know the man is younger than the woman However, whenever Elizabeth and Colin were together on the page, I forgot their ages and just longed for them to find a way to be together Elizabeth, a thirty five year old widow, feels blessed in her life with a large and loving family, but lately, she s lonely and longs for the love and companionship a husband would offer While the offer she receives doesn t make her heart race like Colin does, it s one that society wouldn t look down on Colin, Lord Hodges, is twenty six and feels the need to settle down and provide an heir pressing on him even though none of the female prospects stir anything in him like Elizabeth does He s drawn to her inner and outer beauty, and the delight she seems to always find in life Someone to Trust is part of a series, but it can be read as a standalone Previous characters show up, but this story is all Elizabeth and Colin I will say that the Westcott brood is growing with every book, and that I loved the unconditional love and support they provide to each other Here they all rally around Elizabeth when she needs them most I ve been enjoying Mary Balogh s Westcott series No matter that these characters live in a different time period, that s all forgotten when I start reading and these characters come to life their doubts and fears, their joy and yearning, and the absolute contentment and happiness they feel when all finally works out A copy was kindly provided by Berkley in exchange for an honest review flag 30 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Dec 14, 2018 sue rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves contemporary fiction, general fiction, historical fiction, 1netgalley challenge Yes I know, it s not my usual genre right.Years ago though before I become an avid reader, blogger, reviewer I did paddle my feet in water of this genre, historical fiction and it was lovely to return to it.I received this in the post I hadn t asked for it, I hadn t requested it It was unsolicited mail, I still love that kind of post however on the odd occasion I get a book I wouldn t read.But I thought I d take a go at this It s book 5 I so wish publishers wouldn t do this if it s not stand Yes I know, it s not my usual genre right.Years ago though before I become an avid reader, blogger, reviewer I did paddle my feet in water of this genre, historical fiction and it was lovely to return to it.I received this in the post I hadn t asked for it, I hadn t requested it It was unsolicited mail, I still love that kind of post however on the odd occasion I get a book I wouldn t read.But I thought I d take a go at this It s book 5 I so wish publishers wouldn t do this if it s not stand alone, which this one definitely isn t The story started really slow and because of this I was feeling rather distracted by things around me Then and family members were coming into the equation which at times distorted the story.It was about an older lady getting her head and her heart turned by a younger man She was a widow and he was Lord Hodges.Should they turn against society and follow their hearts.You need to put yourself back in time and remember the kind of society they lived in Not like today, where many wouldn t bat an eye.All in all a good historical fiction, however, too slow in developing things for my taste flag 24 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Sep 11, 2018 Chris C A Midlife Wife rated it really liked it Shelves clean romance, berkley trade, historical romance, reviews, romance, womens fiction Lovely story Fun I m pretty sure this is the first book I ve read by this author The synopsis sounded intriguing and I knew it was the type of story I usually enjoy when I dive into a historical romance.One thing about this story is it is a part of a series There are a lot of characters in the story and the author had to do a lot of backtracking to keep us up to date on what was happening in the book.It did take me a few chapters to catch up on the story and I did struggle Lovely story Fun I m pretty sure this is the first book I ve read by this author The synopsis sounded intriguing and I knew it was the type of story I usually enjoy when I dive into a historical romance.One thing about this story is it is a part of a series There are a lot of characters in the story and the author had to do a lot of backtracking to keep us up to date on what was happening in the book.It did take me a few chapters to catch up on the story and I did struggle with who is who most of the way through the book However, the main characters, Elizabeth and Colin, were so much fun it completely made for a highly enjoyable story.I just love the likability of these two together Even though it was a scandalous thing to even consider marriage with a big age difference, you knew just by their interactions they were perfect for each other I held my breath several times through the whole process as they were each searching for someone to marry since they couldn t or wouldn t marry each other.With detailed character development from people you love to hate, like Colin s mother, to those characters you just fell in love with, like Colin and Elizabeth, the author tells a richly explicit tale set an Old England that will capture your attention throughout.Someone to Trust is book 5 in The Westcott series and although I never read the others, I truly enjoyed getting to know the author and her beautifully crafted historical Regency romance Perfect for an escape back to Old England with all of the pomp and circumstance of the age.Love the cover too ebook received for review consideration.full Review flag 24 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Dec 02, 2018 Jan rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves historical, owym Well, another one in this series I liked but didn t love It started out so promisingly as have all of them But, I forgot that Colin, the H, is Wren s brother from Someone To Wed And that means that Colin s mother is the horrible and horrifying Lady Hodges shudders I HATE the character of Lady Hodges, and she pretty much spoiled this book for me I hated her in Someone To Wed, and I hated the revisit in this book Sadly, she had quite an important role in the plot in the later half of t Well, another one in this series I liked but didn t love It started out so promisingly as have all of them But, I forgot that Colin, the H, is Wren s brother from Someone To Wed And that means that Colin s mother is the horrible and horrifying Lady Hodges shudders I HATE the character of Lady Hodges, and she pretty much spoiled this book for me I hated her in Someone To Wed, and I hated the revisit in this book Sadly, she had quite an important role in the plot in the later half of this book And any time she was on the page, I found myself skimming to the next scene She is super creepy, mentally ill, weird and also cruel and manipulative She surrounds herself with sickos Who is this Lord Ede and why does he put up with her Who are these sycophantic young men who worship at her feet Actually, no, I don t want my rhetorical questions answered I don t really want to know.I accept we need an antagonist to make a story interesting and provide the protagonists with something to react against But I don t like it when there is too much page space story time devoted to the antagonist, especially when they are as repulsive as Lady Hodges And I didn t like the last part of this book where view spoiler Elizabeth shows she is prepared to be mature and tolerate Lady Hodges because she s Colin s mother And Colin tries to come to terms with her and his sister as well And for heck s sake, is Ede his father or not For me, Lady Hodges mistreatment of her children and her rejection of Wren as a child is unforgivable, hide spoiler and I wanted the book to be resolved in another way.I didn t mind the older woman younger man trope That aspect of the story worked quite well, although their passion was a little on the lukewarm side I also didn t mind the plot aspects with view spoiler Elizabeth s engagement hide spoiler I just hated Lady Hodges flag 21 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Jan 06, 2019 Jacob Proffitt rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves romance, steamy This is fifth in the series and the characters from them all are intertwined remorselessly Indeed, Elizabeth featured prominently in the first That said, at this point, the whole Westcott brood is so large that I don t remember half of these people, any, so you re about even whether you ve read the others or start here Probably At least, if you have a memory like mine.Yeah, I m a bit tired of dragging the entire family all over the place It s overwhelming And this one starts with a Chr This is fifth in the series and the characters from them all are intertwined remorselessly Indeed, Elizabeth featured prominently in the first That said, at this point, the whole Westcott brood is so large that I don t remember half of these people, any, so you re about even whether you ve read the others or start here Probably At least, if you have a memory like mine.Yeah, I m a bit tired of dragging the entire family all over the place It s overwhelming And this one starts with a Christmas party that has all of them present and it felt like too much I loved both Elizabeth and Colin and was enjoying them very much and felt like I was being distracted by piles and piles of monkeys waving little red hats Okay, not entirely so Alex and Avery and Anna huh, all A names were a delight whenever one or of them were present But still Monkeys with red hats This story is unusual in any romance category for having a nine year difference with Colin being the younger A 26 year old man and 35 year old woman at least gets us out of power differential issues He s titled and rich and has a good head on his shoulders so we know he knows his own mind And she has survived a nightmare marriage see previous books, though she tells Colin about it, too but is still on the healthy side of young and pretty and of child bearing years hey, it matters Both for period reasons and because they both want children This kind of match up fights the innate tendency of both genders so it was vital that Balogh make it believable by showing two people falling in love and doing it without just wishing their separate ages away And Balogh delivers that very well, indeed.It doesn t hurt that I fell for both pretty much instantly Colin is my favorite kind of guy, the kind, competent guy who cares about the people close to him and does his best to take care of them He s the best kind of this type in that he s also careful not to step on the autonomy of others or try to do things for their own good His interactions with Elizabeth are simply adorable and I loved his care of and for her And Elizabeth is one of my favorite female types, too, as the woman who does her best for those around her with a determination to find the good in people and events but with a core of strength that is the stronger for having been tried She has an iron core and I just love that Colin sees and appreciates that about her.I struggled with a bit of the plot while both seemed determined to view spoiler ignore what they could be together because they couldn t see past their differences Colin knew what he wanted, but was hesitant to tell her outright with no waffling So he let it seem like friendly banter even though he knew he was serious And Elizabeth knew what she wanted, too, but couldn t get past the age difference He s the height of the eligible bachelors of the season and she can t imagine that he wouldn t want any of the beautiful debutantes when he can pretty much take his pick hide spoiler Balogh is talented enough to keep this from dragging on terribly long, and it was probably necessary to take their courtship seriously So my chafing is completely unreasonable, I know.Anyway, this is a solid 4 stars that I m rounding to 5 Colin was just so perfect without being actually perfect and Elizabeth in her own way as well But even better, they are perfect for each other and I just loved every time they were together and the strength and support each received from the other.Edit to Add Okay, this didn t affect my rating or anything, but this is something that can affect enjoyment so I ll add that this book has a quirk Balogh sometimes indulges where characters have a modern mental framework for things In this case, it s Elizabeth describing her dead husband s alcoholism as a disease This is a very poor analogy for her experience, frankly, as few diseases have that cyclical abuse pattern of the addict Historically speaking, a couple doctors made disease like noises regarding drunkenness about that time but they had both broader experience and habits of thought that would suggest disease as an analogy because they were doctors Such analogies weren t really serious until 35 years or so later when the term alcoholism was coined It gets worse when she extends that to Colin s mother who very clearly has narcissistic personality disorder It s anachronistic and doesn t fit the character I rolled with it as that thing Balogh sometimes does with inserting a modern mental framework for her characters , and forgot I meant to mention it in my review as I had intendedA note about Steamy There s only one explicit sex scene though many would call it two as there s a brief interlude so this is on the light side of my steam tolerance Balogh even pulls back on the details, likely because the relationship and emotional intimacy had been established very well, already, and we didn t need them Frankly, we didn t really need the scene at all, I don t think Not willing to argue about the innate thing Men and women have definite patterns in mate selection and however hard it is to nail down the cause god, evolution, social construct, whatever , the effect is pretty clear and amazingly persistent across human societies Studies have been pretty consistent describing the effect for decades now They aren t so good about the cause and that s almost always the part people want to argue about For my purposes in a review of a romance novel, it s enough to note that it s a prevalent enough expectation that very few romance authors attempt this kind of age gap so Balogh had her work cut out for her taking it on flag 19 likesLike see review View 2 comments Oct 13, 2018 Dianne rated it liked it Shelves arc read, historical romance, holiday romance, netgalley, own Step back in time where one wrong step will cause tongues of the Ton to wag Mary Balogh s SOMEONE TO TRUST is the story of finding love and taking a chance on following your heart The widow Elizabeth Oldfield finds herself flattered by the attentions of a younger man, Lord Hodges, but she never expected him to steal her heart Dare they take a chance on personal happiness, turning their backs on society s small minds This one started out rather slow for me as a cast of relations were introduce Step back in time where one wrong step will cause tongues of the Ton to wag Mary Balogh s SOMEONE TO TRUST is the story of finding love and taking a chance on following your heart The widow Elizabeth Oldfield finds herself flattered by the attentions of a younger man, Lord Hodges, but she never expected him to steal her heart Dare they take a chance on personal happiness, turning their backs on society s small minds This one started out rather slow for me as a cast of relations were introduced and grew, almost overshadowing the main characters and their relationship The historical details were wonderful, but the plot seemed almost too vague at some points and too drawn out at others I never felt truly connected to this rather slow moving tale.I just don t think this was my cup of tea, and coming into a series at midpoint may not be a wise decision, but that said this just fell a little flat for me.I received a complimentary ARC edition from Berkley Series Westcott Book 5Publisher Berkley November 27, 2018 Publication Date November 27, 2018Genre Historical RomancePrint Length 384 pagesAvailable from Barnes NobleFor Reviews, Giveaways, Fabulous Book News, follow flag 17 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Nov 28, 2018 Tracy DeNeal rated it it was amazing Colin and Elizabeth I wondered just what kind of drama Mary Balogh could produce for two of the most amiable characters she has ever created Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, with his cherubic good looks and loving personality paired with Alexander s older and benevolent sister, Elizabeth Why they were a match made in heaven if only she could forget about those nine years that lay between them I settled down last night to what I knew intuitively would be a pleasurable read Mary Balogh s soothing Colin and Elizabeth I wondered just what kind of drama Mary Balogh could produce for two of the most amiable characters she has ever created Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, with his cherubic good looks and loving personality paired with Alexander s older and benevolent sister, Elizabeth Why they were a match made in heaven if only she could forget about those nine years that lay between them I settled down last night to what I knew intuitively would be a pleasurable read Mary Balogh s soothing literary voice as usual took me away to her world As always, what we see on the surface belies the true nature of her characters lives and experiences Trauma dwells beneath those smooth clear waters of amiability The ability to trust and be trusted was what they each needed to find their happy ever after The casual and callous cruelty masked as love that Colin grew up with clashes and contrasts with the picture he sees once he immersed himself in the Westcott family Christmas celebration The shining beacon and magnetic force that was Elizabeth captured his attention and would not let go Elizabeth, though admittedly no great beauty, has been a shining star throughout this series Her kindness and warmth has been a driving force throughout when other characters were outsiders to the family circle, she was the welcoming presence that brought them into the fold or encouraged others to remain in the fold Here she shines as the heroine of the piece and wasn t I happy to see it Now for the Westcotts I love this family I love the hodgepodge confusion of the relationships So many of them are not related by blood and yet are very much family This far into the series and sometimes someone appears on the scene and I puzzle for a moment to figure out how they are related Elizabeth, Alexander and their mother, Mrs Westcott, of course, are cousins to the former bigamous earl and Alexander has been thrust into the role of family head after the late Earl s bigamy was exposed Unlike most cousin heirs we see in historical romance, however, the former Earl s immediate family members were not tossed to the wind, but held within the fold and loved assiduously Avery, Duke of Netherby, whose stepmother, Louise, is sister to the bigamous earl, has married Anastasia, the legitimate daughter of the bigamous earl Did I mention that Colin s older sister is married to Elizabeth s younger brother Alexander and Wren which makes them How confusing Just read the series from the beginning and come along for the ride Can someone truly just send an announcement of a betrothal to the newspaper without one s knowledge and boom they are betrothed Apparently yes See Camilla Shands and Andrew Parker Bowles It has happened flag 14 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Oct 17, 2018 Critterbee rated it it was ok Shelves f, netgalley, regency, romance, sbtb2018 Oh my babies, there are too many children in this romance book Not merely restricted to the epilogue, they have invaded the entire story Sticky fists grabbing hair, precocious children imparting accidental wisdom, cooing and drooling and ENOUGH ALREADY This is a regency era older heroine younger hero gentle romance, that tries but does not really explore the dynamics of that sort of relationship, other than to remark on how odd it is, and how everyone will think them silly for thinking that Oh my babies, there are too many children in this romance book Not merely restricted to the epilogue, they have invaded the entire story Sticky fists grabbing hair, precocious children imparting accidental wisdom, cooing and drooling and ENOUGH ALREADY This is a regency era older heroine younger hero gentle romance, that tries but does not really explore the dynamics of that sort of relationship, other than to remark on how odd it is, and how everyone will think them silly for thinking that it could work Also, there are so many characters from previous stories in the series, that they get muddled even if you have read all of the earlier books.Far less steamy than the usual Balogh, made up in over abundance of child Not my favourite, left me annoyed with the lackluster spark of attraction, not really addressing the stupid age difference prejudice, and the babies everywhere eARC Netgalley flag 11 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 28, 2018 Mel rated it it was ok From the beginning of the Wescott Family series I adored Lady Elizabeth, but her story is a major disappointment Insipid is what comes to mind and tedious Frankly I was bored out of my mind This is the first book where I found the children and the attentions of the family overbearing and irksome Almost every scene takes place in public or with the family gathered around the couple I had problems with just about everything in the story especially Colin and his ridiculous family and Elizabeth From the beginning of the Wescott Family series I adored Lady Elizabeth, but her story is a major disappointment Insipid is what comes to mind and tedious Frankly I was bored out of my mind This is the first book where I found the children and the attentions of the family overbearing and irksome Almost every scene takes place in public or with the family gathered around the couple I had problems with just about everything in the story especially Colin and his ridiculous family and Elizabeth s attitude toward their reconciliation Her lack of consideration for Wren, her sister in law was astonishing Balogh has a tendency to whitewash serious transgressions against her protagonists which is my biggest criticism of her writing and in this book it was hideous The stuff at the betrothal ball and just afterwards was awful and I don t get it, Balogh seems to not care much for her couple, but is caught up in writing about the family Too many of the incidents were stupid and nonsensical Honestly I expected better from Mary Balogh not this sentimental pedestrian drivel flag 9 likesLike see review Dec 02, 2018 Lizzy Bent Bookworm rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves arc, historical fiction, read in 2018, received for review, romance Review first appeared on The Bent Bookworm Someone to Trust is the perfect holiday book for the Austen inclined reader I thoroughly enjoyed this historical romance, with its unique characters and large, warm, overarching family story This was particularly refreshing because it was DIFFERENT Instead of your typical young couple meets and falls in love naturally with a few obstacles thrown in their way, but nothing they can t overcome , the heroine is actually a widow, and somewhat old for Review first appeared on The Bent Bookworm Someone to Trust is the perfect holiday book for the Austen inclined reader I thoroughly enjoyed this historical romance, with its unique characters and large, warm, overarching family story This was particularly refreshing because it was DIFFERENT Instead of your typical young couple meets and falls in love naturally with a few obstacles thrown in their way, but nothing they can t overcome , the heroine is actually a widow, and somewhat old for a Regency era heroine at that Ok, not just somewhat old, but unheard of old at thirty five And the hero is twenty six GASP Elizabeth has been unlucky in love, but she is reconciled to her life She is still a vibrant, intelligent, warm hearted woman but has determined thatContentment would be good enough, even preferable to exuberant happiness, in fact Happiness did not last There was stability in contentment.I loved Elizabeth so much She has a backbone of steel and a heart of gold Despite her misfortune, se is not closed off or unreachable or wallowing I think it safe to say it is all of those underlying qualities that most attract the young Lord Colin Hodges, much to his own amazement Colin does not waste much time fretting over what society will think of his inappropriate attachment no Mr Darcy scruples here but determines to win Elizabeth s heart Of course, true love s path never runs smooth, as his own mother and LORD WHAT A MOTHER conspires against him, along with the rest of society and Elizabeth s own belief about herself and what she deserves out of life.This book is so far removed from what I usually expect from books labeled historical romance It is full of solid, steady, but also heart fluttering love The characters are mature and make decisions that MAKE SENSE, both for the time and for the story There was none of the ridiculous swooning and obsession that so often marks romances.4 5 stars, because I did feel that some of the dialogue was really too modern and felt removed from the time period Didn t detract from the story itself, just from my absorption in it Still highly recommend I will definitely be coming back when I get the itch for a historical romance again, especially since this was the 5th in the Westcott series All the previous relationships and people are well explained so that it CAN be read as a standalone, but it really made me curious Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.Blog Twitter Bloglovin Instagram Google flag 8 likesLike see review View 1 comment Oct 27, 2018 Jen Davis rated it liked it This book was not my favorite from Mary Balogh It got off to a very slow start for me, though it did improve once it finally got around to the romance This is book five in the Westcott series, and I have read the previous four books Even with the backstory I know, however, there are just too many characters for anyone to keep straight For the first 10 chapters, I found myself tempted to keep flipping back to the birth chart at the beginning, and that s no way to really lose yourself in a sto This book was not my favorite from Mary Balogh It got off to a very slow start for me, though it did improve once it finally got around to the romance This is book five in the Westcott series, and I have read the previous four books Even with the backstory I know, however, there are just too many characters for anyone to keep straight For the first 10 chapters, I found myself tempted to keep flipping back to the birth chart at the beginning, and that s no way to really lose yourself in a story.Probably the first third of the book was spent reminding us who everyone was, how they were related, and why they were all together for Christmas There was a great deal of narration and very little feeling from either main character Basically, the only thing established was that Elizabeth and Colin thought well of each other but were nine years apart in age Yes, this is an older woman younger man story And it completely dominated the dynamic of their relationship.Yes, I know it was unheard of for an older woman to snag a younger man back in the day, but it was such a tiresome thing for this to be repeated over and over and over again Poor Elizabeth has been alone for years her late husband beat her and eventually drank himself to death Now she is considering marriage to a guy she doesn t even love, just to start her life over again And it s one of the things that keeps the romance from taking off Most of the book, she is pursuing a relationship with another man while Colin searches for a socially acceptable wife, ie a younger woman The dynamic between Elizabeth and Colin was subtle, hovering as something just a bit than a friendship until circumstances finally allow them to come together.While Elizabeth s issue is basically carrying around the burden of being 35, Colin s conflict is found in his Whatever Happened to Baby Jane type mom The woman is super crazy and convinced she is a beautiful, young thing and is weirdly obsessed with Colin marrying someone equally as beautiful He is working to repair his family relationships as his mom threatens to derail his future.The book was at its best in the scenes where Elizabeth and Colin were together This is a romance born of friendship and I believed in their feelings for one another But this was never really a fiery or passionate joining It was sweet Even the sex scenes were kind of summaries than anything designed to make your heart beat faster.It was nice to see an older heroine for a change But I think I would have enjoyed this if such a huge point hadn t been made of it and if there were about half as many characters Not only were there a ton of adult relatives, but I was drowning in all the babies.A satisfying ending on the romance front though I do wish Colin would have gotten the answers he was looking for about his family and his own history.Rating B ARC provided by publisher flag 8 likesLike see review Oct 12, 2018 Dorine rated it liked it Shelves rj, ebooks kindle, 1800s, christmas or holiday, family dynamics, historical, holiday theme, regency, romance Rated 3.5 SOMEONE TO TRUST by Mary Balogh is a good addition to the WESTCOTT series, reuniting fans with beloved characters of past and present during the holidays.Elizabeth, Lady Overfield, is considering marriage for the second time A widow, she wants someone serious and steadfast A reliable, quiet man to possibly start a family with But she also enjoys some harmless flirting with Colin Handrich, who inherited the Lord Hodges title after the death of his father He s ready to begin a fami Rated 3.5 SOMEONE TO TRUST by Mary Balogh is a good addition to the WESTCOTT series, reuniting fans with beloved characters of past and present during the holidays.Elizabeth, Lady Overfield, is considering marriage for the second time A widow, she wants someone serious and steadfast A reliable, quiet man to possibly start a family with But she also enjoys some harmless flirting with Colin Handrich, who inherited the Lord Hodges title after the death of his father He s ready to begin a family of his own after witnessing the happiness of the Westcott family during the holidays Will this season bear fruitful for both as they encourage each other s search Mary Balogh is one of my favorite authors, and one of the few authors who will get me to read the Regency era in fiction, so I look forward to everything she writes This book is classic Balogh in so many ways Her house parties and balls are divine, with everyone talking at once in a blended chaos It s so easy to picture the scenes in my head, and I especially loved the attention to detail during the dancing I really felt as if I was on the sidelines watching it all play out.I especially loved this couple in the beginning of the novel Their attraction sparkles and you can feel it, as well as the denial due to their age difference Should they even consider a relationship with Colin nine years younger than Elizabeth I know it shouldn t be frowned upon because it s not highlighted when the man is older than a woman, but it s just as true today as it was then, at least in my mindset I have a hard time accepting that arrangement in a romance, and yet, Balogh made it seem plausible and enticed me to desire their success.That said, I m not sure how the beginning of this novel will work for a new reader without the benefit of reading the rest of the series As an avid fan, I found the beginning pages overwhelming and a little snoozy I wanted some action, and we float along through all the characters introductions, which although necessary for my forgetful brain, seemed like a huge chunk That s not how I normally feel about the beginning of a Balogh novel, so it surprised me Not that I would stop reading it because of that, but for a new reader, it s not representative of this author s true magic.Lady Hodges, Colin and Wren s mother, is a ridiculous woman a worst nightmare image of a wealthy spoiled brat I felt sorry for Colin to have her as a mother, but even sadder for Wren for what she endured because of that woman Colin grew up with his mother, and so it might be easier for him to forgive her, but Wren was estranged from her entire family because of the mother who couldn t accept her disfigurement Lady Hodges was the only part of this novel that I couldn t relate to, and I found most interactions with her distasteful, as well as over the top ridiculous.I enjoyed this novel, but it isn t my favorite of the series I laughed out loud at some situations and tears formed at others I was shocked at one situation and thrilled that Avery one of my favorites from a previous book was very much himself at that moment lethal but holding back to allow the situation to resolve itself, even though he d be justified to do something about it.Balogh is brilliant at writing the chaos of family and their good intentions, then amps it up a bit to make me laugh again It s a long book that has an enormous number of scenes and situations The work involved creating something of this magnitude is mind boggling, so I appreciate the endeavor beyond most books I read because of the volume of characters and their interactions It s really astounding how well it flows.I think what bothered me most is that Lady Hodges took up too much page time for my taste She seemed almost like a fairy tale caricature of a wicked stepmother rather than a real person That she was a mother to several children just turned my stomach If I didn t love the rest of the characters as much as I do, I would have stopped reading because of how annoyed I became with Lady Hodges.I did love all the family time, but by the end I was ready for Elizabeth and Colin to move on without them The end of the book did contain some appreciated humor, but I wanted a bigger glimpse into this couple s future Even though this book isn t my favorite of the series, it was still a beautiful romance I like that their journey was difficult and unusual, which made me appreciate their happy ever after.My favorite part of the book was the heroine and how everyone rallied around her I especially appreciated how she loved them for their support but was strong enough to face down her demons on her own Colin was not her backbone, nor was she his, but hand in hand they could move forward, knowing they could rely on each other to trust in themselves, independent yet making each other comfortable to forgive their past Enough to accept and look forward to their future Neither of them had an easy life, so their life together would have to make allowance for their combined pasts to interfere sometimesMEONE TO TRUST gifts us with a second chance for an older woman with a younger man The love story is believable and entertaining I enjoyed their playful interactions and how they try to find someone else that will suit them better There were so many cute moments between them that made me hopeful for their happy ever after I especially enjoyed the holiday scenes and the fun in the snow, as well as the numerous gatherings and balls they both attended This book was filled with party time and very festive Just what I look for in a story that s centered around family celebrations.I suggest you read the series in order prior to this book for the most enjoyment Click on the following titles to read my reviews of the books in order SOMEONE TO LOVE, SOMEONE TO HOLD, SOMEONE TO WED, and SOMEONE TO CARE It s one of the best series I ve read.Review by Dorine, courtesy of Romance Junkies Digital copy provided by the publisher for an honest review flag 7 likesLike see review Nov 27, 2018 eyes.2c rated it it was amazing Shelves regency romance, netgalley Unusually heartwarming Decidedly a romance with a difference Widowed Elizabeth, Lady Overfield s story is a breath of fresh air in the regency romance genre Elizabeth is nine years older than the man she becomes involved with in a plot that engenders several twists and where love blooms unexpectedly This is a romance that could should never be Yet, if the sexes were reversed and the age differences even greater, no one would even raise an eyebrow I love the irony The subject of Elizabe Unusually heartwarming Decidedly a romance with a difference Widowed Elizabeth, Lady Overfield s story is a breath of fresh air in the regency romance genre Elizabeth is nine years older than the man she becomes involved with in a plot that engenders several twists and where love blooms unexpectedly This is a romance that could should never be Yet, if the sexes were reversed and the age differences even greater, no one would even raise an eyebrow I love the irony The subject of Elizabeth s reluctant feelings is Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, recently come into his title Colin has no trouble with their age difference Elizabeth however is undone by her feelings, her problems with trust, and her and Colin s age difference What can I say Love in the afternoon comes calling.The action started off slowly in a pleasurable white Christmas environment, gradually filling out the back stories of Elizabeth and Colin, building to its crescendo, and with that progression I found myself hanging on every word.I loved this contribution to the Westcott series.A NetGalley ARC flag 7 likesLike see review View 2 comments Dec 31, 2018 OhWell rated it it was ok Shelves mary balogh, regency No spark, no chemistry If not for Lady Hodges s antics, it would have been a crashing bore, to use the parlance of the times The presence of all other family members was welcome, especially Avery who remains my favourite One note regarding all relations, it s hard to remember and keep them straight even with the included genealogy chart They re just too many flag 7 likesLike see review Sep 11, 2018 Margo Collins rated it it was amazing review of another edition As usual, Balogh s writing is absolutely gorgeous, drawing the reader into her characters with style and grace I was delighted to discover in Elizabeth Overfield a Regency heroine over thirty And even better, the hero, Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, is a younger man At twenty six, he s old enough to be on the marriage market, but when he falls for Elizabeth, they have to face some interesting opposition from their society and their own hearts 5 stars flag 7 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 24, 2018 Angie Elle rated it really liked it ARC from the publisherSomeone to Trust is the fifth installment of Mary Balogh s Wescott series, and what a charming story this was I fell in love with this from the very beginning the camaraderie between Elizabeth and Colin was sweet and genuine, and their instant chemistry was swoonworthy But beneath the sweetness of this story, Elizabeth and Colin are both battling demons, even if Elizabeth s are prominent After a disastrous marriage, Elizabeth has given up hope of ever finding love ARC from the publisherSomeone to Trust is the fifth installment of Mary Balogh s Wescott series, and what a charming story this was I fell in love with this from the very beginning the camaraderie between Elizabeth and Colin was sweet and genuine, and their instant chemistry was swoonworthy But beneath the sweetness of this story, Elizabeth and Colin are both battling demons, even if Elizabeth s are prominent After a disastrous marriage, Elizabeth has given up hope of ever finding love again, but it s worth the sacrifice to instead feel safe Colin grew up in the fold of a dysfunctional family with terrible secrets, and it s all hidden behind his charming smile One of the things that makes this story so special is that while both of these characters have a lot of scars, they are fully functional and for the most part, happy go lucky people Elizabeth is resistant to Colin s seemingly off handed charm, and when Colin realizes it s time for him to settle down, and he gives it an honest try, immersing himself in society and spending time with the right young women If you re a fan of slow burn romance, you ll be happy to know that Colin and Elizabeth are deeply ensconced in their friendship, neither ready to admit what is really going on between them but also unable to push their feelings aside And it s a long time before they finally admit it This gives them plenty of time to open up to each other, and their friendship really does defy convention Colin asks Elizabeth some deeply personal questions, and they re about a part of her life that, in those days, one shouldn t talk about I loved the way they were so easily able to share with each other and learn to trust each other It really was the foundation of their entire relationship The age gap was addressed wonderfully in this story Elizabeth s doubts and fears were credible, and I could understand why she was so hesitant and tried to keep her feelings hidden But Colin was just too persistent to let Elizabeth s age be a stumbling block for them.As far as the secondary characters go, they really were wonderfully written Elizabeth s family, both sides, are close and quick to close ranks when one of their own is on display for ton fodder They were so willing to show affection with each other, and I just loved the way they banded together I would say, though, that there were times it got a bit overwhelming and confusing with the family members I didn t need to know exactly where every one of them were standing or sitting in a room, or what each one was doing when they were outside participating in winter activities, and for this reason, I would suggest reading these books in order, as I think it would be easier to keep them straight But, I picked up this book having read only one of the previous from the series, and it completely swept me away So while I suggest it, it s not one hundred percent necessary Colin s family, on the other hand, was not kind at all with the exception of Wren, but they were written very well and there were definitely some surprises in store with them.I would be remiss if didn t mention how stunning these covers are I feel like they capture the gentle nature of this series perfectly Someone to Trust was a beautiful story about there being no bounds to love, and I think Mary Balogh fans, and Historical Romance fans in general, are going to love this one And there are so many stories within this family to tell I really hope this isn t the last we ve seen of the Wescotts.This review was originally posted on Books Beauty Are My Bag flag 8 likesLike see review Nov 22, 2018 Sophia rated it really liked it Shelves historical romance, holiday romances, net galley reads The Westcotts and extended family all together for the holidays, a surprise wedding that carries over from the last book, and a new budding romance that is built on friendship and takes everyone including the romance pair unawares Gently paced, sweet, and all the holiday feels wrapped up in one engaging story.Someone to Trust is the fifth book in the Westcott series While it might seem all right to pick it up as a standalone or out of order because it is an all new pair with no earlier threads The Westcotts and extended family all together for the holidays, a surprise wedding that carries over from the last book, and a new budding romance that is built on friendship and takes everyone including the romance pair unawares Gently paced, sweet, and all the holiday feels wrapped up in one engaging story.Someone to Trust is the fifth book in the Westcott series While it might seem all right to pick it up as a standalone or out of order because it is an all new pair with no earlier threads together, this series is one that really works best in order There is a strong connection of family and situation as each book builds on the last Many scenes involving the larger family and references to the past might not grab a new reader to the series.Someone to Trust actually overlaps a little in the beginning with the previous book, Someone to Care, so it is a spoiler if someone was planning to read the fourth book This is Elizabeth, Lady Overfield s book Elizabeth has been the sweet, tenderhearted support for everyone and hides her secret pain and loneliness behind a twinkling smile Christmas is a joyous time particularly this year as the whole extended family assembles at Brambledean, her brother s home, and she is enjoying it, but can t help watching all the happy new couples and young families with envy That is a dream she feels that she cannot have but she is determined to participate in the upcoming London she will settle for a nice man to give her her own family and home However, her eye and mind keep straying to Colin Handrich, Lord Hodge, her sister in law s younger brother He s too young for her to even consider, but she wishes it were not so because she enjoys the laughter and fun and companionship they have He even is the keeper of some of her saddest and darkest memories that no one else knows.Colin, for his part, has never know this sort of feeling He is nearly overwhelmed by the love, support, and laughter of this huge, generous family who pull him into their group because he is Wren s brother Elizabeth Overfield, most of all He knows that he needs to get about the business of doing his duty as head of his family by marrying and settling down on the family estate while taking his mother s extravagance and wildness in hand He looks about and has some of the most beautiful eligible girls paraded before him, but they can t compare to the one woman who refuses to consider him because he is her junior and she claims he can do better than her He has to watch sadly as she prepares to accept a boring, safe match But, will he take his chance when he gets it and convince Elizabeth she can trust him to be what she needs This one was heartwarming and slow burn It starts off slow with holiday and family and the early moments of Colin and Elizabeth s friendship There are a few brief moments of flirtation and glimpses that they share an attraction, but then they try to be sensible save for a whimsy that they will dance the first waltz together at every London ball they both attend I didn t mind the slow build and it made sense since Elizabeth is an abuse survivor and Colin has his own tangled past with his family.And, that brings me to the family element Colin came from a cold, lonely background with a distracted father and a narcissistic mother He knows his sister was treated awful and sent away and he sees the way his mother twists and warps people to suit only her needs It is all in stark contrast to Elizabeth s warm and giving family Incidentally, for fans of Georgette Heyer, I m pretty sure there is homage being paid to the book, Venetia, in the form of another narcissistic mother.The romance requires a lot of patience because it truly does take its time It s not absent in the beginning and middle of the story, but it is in a unnoticed or denied form by the players and even when they come together there is still needing to happen to bring about the true swoony happily ever after But, it does get there and was worth it.All in all, I was in a mood to match with the tone, pace, world, characters, and friends to lovers in this holiday historical romance I love the series and the whole family of Westcotts There are a handful of stories that I really want and I m not sure who is getting theirs next, but I ll take any of them I can definitely recommend this one and the whole series.My thanks to Berkley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 28, 2018 Under the Covers Book Blog rated it liked it I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I ve been wanting to read a Mary Balogh book for a year now I ve seen her recommended in multiple occasions for different reasons and I just had to try for myself I am jumping into this series out of order but the wintery vibes of this cover and the younger hero trope were just too much to pass upMEONE TO TRUST was a surprisingly soft stor I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I ve been wanting to read a Mary Balogh book for a year now I ve seen her recommended in multiple occasions for different reasons and I just had to try for myself I am jumping into this series out of order but the wintery vibes of this cover and the younger hero trope were just too much to pass upMEONE TO TRUST was a surprisingly soft story, if I had to describe it in one word I m not sure if that s the feel of this particular series but the romance is a slow burn that never fully ignites It s a nice and steady bond that develops from friendship and humor between the heroine and the hero They are both looking to marry, but obviously never to each other He s looking for a suitable bride that can deal with his family problems and she is looking for a comfortable and safe life with a second husband The last thing they need is each other but somehow they are very well suited.While this didn t have sizzling chemistry, I did like the softer approach to the story I m a sucker for a younger hero story and although I wish there would ve been of that palpable sizzle between the two, I could still buy into the romance and be happy they got to be together.This was a great start of my journey through Ms Balogh s stories SOMEONE TO TRUST has a lot of heart I came to care about the crazy Westcott family, about Elizabeth and Colin as well I can t wait to see what else I can pick up by this author next ARC provided by publisherReviewed by Francesca Don t want to miss any of our posts Subscribe to our blog by email flag 5 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 28, 2018 Alison rated it really liked it Shelves 2018 read, abusive ex, annoying siblings, friends to lovers, historical, english, insta love, irritating seniors, interfering friends, netgalley Lady Elizabeth Overton is a 35 year old widow Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges is nine years her junior When they meet at the Westcott Christmas party the age gap is very apparent and yet there is an undeniable pull between them Both of them are looking for a spouse but at widely different ends of the spectrum Colin is looking amongst the eighteen year old debutantes whereas Elizabeth is looking for a sensible, dependable man, very different from her husband.When they meet again in London during Lady Elizabeth Overton is a 35 year old widow Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges is nine years her junior When they meet at the Westcott Christmas party the age gap is very apparent and yet there is an undeniable pull between them Both of them are looking for a spouse but at widely different ends of the spectrum Colin is looking amongst the eighteen year old debutantes whereas Elizabeth is looking for a sensible, dependable man, very different from her husband.When they meet again in London during the season they rely on each other for sensible conversation and laughter and glorious waltzes but as they both move inexorably towards marriage with other people will they realise they are perfect together before it s too late Hoo boy did this start slowly It was practically halfway in before I got engaged with the storyline and the characters But when it did it pulled me in like a rip tide From two faceless, characterless mannequins Colin and Elizabeth transformed into living breathing characters, full of hopes and fears and anxieties There were plotting relatives and sinister Dukes, society balls, fake engagements, fisticuffs in the library and family secrets galore By the end I was totally invested in Colin and Ellizabeth s May to December romance although that is a wild exaggeration and the way in which their love may have been instantaneous but their relationship was built on friendship and trust.If you like historical romances, if you have liked Mary Balogh s other Westcott romances I recommend sticking with this novel, it pays in the end.I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 14, 2019 Cathy rated it liked it Shelves 2019, historical romance, romance 3.5 starsTruth be told, I don t think I ve ever read a romance novel where the woman is 9 years older than the man And doesn t that speak for itself, really, to show just how much of a rarity that still is I don t get why people still turn up their noses when they hear the woman is whether significantly or not older than the man When did we ever decide that was weird or not normal Anyway, because of this fact I was tentatively excited for this book, especially since I know and trust that Ma 3.5 starsTruth be told, I don t think I ve ever read a romance novel where the woman is 9 years older than the man And doesn t that speak for itself, really, to show just how much of a rarity that still is I don t get why people still turn up their noses when they hear the woman is whether significantly or not older than the man When did we ever decide that was weird or not normal Anyway, because of this fact I was tentatively excited for this book, especially since I know and trust that Mary Balogh is a good enough author to pull that kind of thing off in a believable way She didn t disappoint this time I liked this and I liked Colin and Elizabeth considerably, even though at first I was made a little uncomfortable by the fact that Colin did very much put Elizabeth on a pedestal It took me awhile to be convinced that his feelings ran deeper than a simple schoolboy crush so to speak Lizzie does address the issue later on, though.Also, in spite of having skipped the previous book in the series meaning it had been awhile since I d read a book that features this very extensive family I still knew who everyone was With the exception of Viola s new husband and his two children, of course, but other than them I didn t even have to consult the large family tree included each time.I don t know how that happened flag 5 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Nov 30, 2018 Marlene rated it it was amazing Originally published at Reading RealityThis is the latest volume in the marvelous historical romance Westcott series The series as a whole deals with the consequences of the late Lord Humphrey Westcott s bastardy That bastardy was only in the metaphorical sense, but he certainly qualified When it was discovered, upon his death, that his marriage to his still living countess was bigamous on his part his family was forced to re think their entire future Not just his now illegitimate son an Originally published at Reading RealityThis is the latest volume in the marvelous historical romance Westcott series The series as a whole deals with the consequences of the late Lord Humphrey Westcott s bastardy That bastardy was only in the metaphorical sense, but he certainly qualified When it was discovered, upon his death, that his marriage to his still living countess was bigamous on his part his family was forced to re think their entire future Not just his now illegitimate son and daughters whose futures were suddenly not what they thought they were, as they and his wife were ostracized by society, but also the lives of both his legitimate daughter, suddenly an heiress, and his cousin who has acquired a title that came with a neglected estate, a load of debt, and no money to deal with either.What makes the series so marvelous is the way that each of the affected people deals with the sudden change in their circumstances While it is not necessary to read them all to enjoy any one in particular, they are great stories If you want the full tale of just how big a bastard Lord Humphrey is, start with Someone to Love, appropriately titled because the Westcott family, minus Lord Humphrey, is very lovable indeed.Even though the overall story has not yet dealt with all of the late Lord Humphrey s children I suspect the story about his son Harry is going to be last the family connections have expanded enough through marriage that we are able to get this delightful romance between two of those connections on the outer fringe of the group.Elizabeth Overfield is still a relatively young widow at 35, and she has reached the conclusion that it is time for her to marry again and finally set up her own household now that her brother Alex has found the love of his life Alex and Wren s story is in Someone to Wed But Alex and Wren s marriage has brought Wren s brother Colin into the Westcott fold Because of the circumstances of Wren s early life, as detailed in Someone to Wed, Wren is estranged from most of her family and with good reason.Colin would prefer not to have much to do with his mother and his other sisters himself, not after hearing Wren s full story, but he doesn t have much choice Colin is Lord Hodges, the head of his family, and he needs to do something to keep his narcissistic mother both in line and out of his business It s going to be an uphill battle especially as it s a battle he s avoided since he gained the title several years ago upon the death of his father Colin is now 26 and it s past time for him to take up all his responsibilities including finding a wife and continuing the family.Colin and Elizabeth meet at the Westcott family Christmas party, the first of what will clearly be an ongoing tradition at her brother Alex s partially updated family pile He s working on it, and it needs a LOT of work As people who are both a bit outside the central family circle, Colin and Elizabeth gravitate towards each other, and discover that they like each other s company very much indeed More than either of them is willing to admit to the other or even to themselves.Elizabeth is 9 years older than Colin, so any relationship between them other than friendship seems impossible She can t believe he would be interested in a woman so many years older, and he can t believe she d be interested in someone so callow and immature.Except, of course, they re both wrong And so very right for each other.Escape Rating A I love it when an older woman younger man romance does it right, as Someone to Trust certainly does I also hate it when it s done wrong or for laughs, which never happens in this story.While the time and place are different, the thoughts running through Colin s and especially Elizabeth s heads are very real and ring true to life My life I m 20 years older than my husband, so when this trope works for me, it really works When it doesn t, it grates like sandpaper.No sandpaper in this romance.This series in general has been terrific Each of the people affected by Lord Humphrey s mess are affected differently, and their reactions, while different, have felt realistic Harry joined the army His older sister gets a job His mother retreats His cousin tries to find a woman he can love who also happens to have a fortune so he can handle the responsibilities he s just been saddled with.Colin and Elizabeth are less directly affected by Lord Humphrey s shenanigans, but they have plenty of issues of their own Elizabeth s late and totally unlamented husband was an alcoholic who beat her during his drunken rages She married him because she loved him, and doesn t trust herself to fall in love again Once burned, twice shy, and with good reason.Colin s family, with the exception of his sister Wren, is a piece of work Especially his mother, who fits the classic definition of a narcissist, whether the term was known or not in the 19th century Just because there s no word for something doesn t mean the phenomenon doesn t exist The scary thing about his mother is that she s real I ve met people like that, even to that degree although it manifested differently And they are every bit as frightening as his mother because they live in their own little world and do entirely too good a job of manipulating the rest of the world into conforming with their self centered views because they can t hear or see anything else.One of the issues with any age gap romance, whichever direction it goes, is to deal with closing the emotional maturity experience gap This is all too often glossed over when the gap goes in the traditional direction, but it s always there.In this story, it s handled well Colin s experience with his parents, particularly his mother, would result in him growing up early When the parent is the child, the child becomes the parent It works.And so does the rest of this story, as Colin and Elizabeth meet in the middle, and realize that in spite of all of the outside voices that say they couldn t possibly love each other or have a successful marriage, the still, small voices inside their own hearts are very, very sure that they can and they will flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Aly is so frigging bored rated it it was amazing Shelves historical A lovely addition to the Westcott family series I loved both Colin and Elizabeth and how they managed their love and family I am waiting for all the others to get stories as well flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 30, 2018 Tiffany Reisz added it Not a favorite Balogh but very enjoyable flag 4 likesLike see review Sep 28, 2018 Amy Love At 1st Read rated it liked it It seems that in many historical novels, the heroine is flawlessly beautiful, sweet, na ve, and young What about the women over 30 who find themselves looking for someone to love What about those who have experienced marriage once and are looking for a second chance Someone to Trust, 5 in Mary Balogh s Westcott series gives us just such a heroine With most romance readers being between the ages of 30 54, she s definitely someone readers can identify with Elizabeth Overfield and Colin Hand It seems that in many historical novels, the heroine is flawlessly beautiful, sweet, na ve, and young What about the women over 30 who find themselves looking for someone to love What about those who have experienced marriage once and are looking for a second chance Someone to Trust, 5 in Mary Balogh s Westcott series gives us just such a heroine With most romance readers being between the ages of 30 54, she s definitely someone readers can identify with Elizabeth Overfield and Colin Handrich, Lord Hughes meet at a Christmas gathering of family and friends Elizabeth is the sister of the host and Colin is the brother of the hostess Knowing Colin may feel awkward at a celebration consisting of virtual strangers to him, Elizabeth, always one to make people comfortable, makes a special effort to ensure he feels welcome Through the Christmas celebrations the two quickly become at ease with one another Elizabeth is enchanted by Colin s quiet charm and he finds her poised, serene, and lovely They fast became good friends, laughing and talking throughout the festivities Both were looking to wed Elizabeth had been widowed for some time and knew she needed to marry again Now that Colin had become Baron, he knew he should look for a wife Both had possible matches but none that appealed When Colin suggested Perhaps we should put ourselves out of misery and marry each other , Elizabeth knew surely he was teasing After all, she was 9 years older than he She did agree though that while in London looking for suitable matches, they would dance one waltz together at each ball And they did just that There was total comfort between them They could forget about the rest of the world and just enjoy They were easily able to talk on any subject Elizabeth opened up to him about the ugliness of her marriage and Colin shared the bleakness of his childhood with her Things they d never shared with anyone Soon they found themselves attending balls solely for the desire of dancing with each other Though each had possible suitors, none made them feel as they did when together Did they want to settle for a match with someone society deemed suitable or were they willing to choose with their hearts This was a charming, sweet story Personally, I would have preferred a little passion and sizzle but it was a lovely and well written story and followed the social rules of the time I really enjoyed the descriptions of the English countryside and the London balls The family dynamic was excellent A wonderful contrast between a loving, close family and the most dysfunctional family you ll ever read And I found the characters intriguing Even the bad ones Elizabeth was the kind of woman that can hide a lot behind a calm fa ade No one would know the horrors she d endured in her marriage or how lonely she was She had a serene countenance but she was a lovely and lively woman And strong Colin was teasing and fun and someone she had an instant affinity with Though she was developing feelings for him, she was uncertain She d thought herself in love before and that had ended badly She worried that their age difference would be frowned upon As much as she wanted him for her own, she was a friend to him first and wanted him to find happiness I felt for Colin He d not had the loving family Elizabeth had His family had never shown affection Quite the opposite in fact They chose to hurt and manipulate He was burdened by his new responsibilities And he was torn between what was expected and what he wanted Though society and his mother wanted him to choose a young beauty, he yearned for Elizabeth s friendship, her approval, her smiles, her jokes, her exuberance, her serenity He yearned for her I enjoyed how Colin and Elizabeth s relationship slowly developed and I enjoyed seeing them question their own feelings Knowing their uncertainties made me nervous they would choose the match expected of them It did feel slow at times though with the characters rehashing the same worries repeatedly Still, Mary Balogh is adept at decoding every little detail of the duties, worries, and obligations that go along with human relationships I understood their doubts and fears, especially those of Colin in regard to his family As I mentioned before, I enjoyed the family dynamic of the Westcott family What a loving and supportive group There were many to meet as this was a new series to me The author did give a brief history of each character as they appeared but there were so many that the descriptions tended to get in the way of the story There was a family tree chart at the front of the book that would have been sufficient for me I wish authors would include those Fans of the regency era and all the customs and rules involved will enjoy this story A must read for Mary Balogh fans and fans of this series though I wouldn t recommend reading it as a stand alone 3 stars flag 4 likesLike see review Aug 12, 2018 Christina rated it liked it Shelves happily ever after, historical romance, regency romance Advanced reader copy from NetGalley Having never read a thing by Mary Balogh but seeing her books recommended to me often on , I thought this NetGalley arc of SOMEONE TO TRUST an opportunity to sample her work I must say that I am an unabashed romance reader, preferably Regency romance and historical fiction and have been known to read a novel in one sitting or into the early morning That was not the case with this book I regret I was lulled to sleep within the first few pages of narra Advanced reader copy from NetGalley Having never read a thing by Mary Balogh but seeing her books recommended to me often on , I thought this NetGalley arc of SOMEONE TO TRUST an opportunity to sample her work I must say that I am an unabashed romance reader, preferably Regency romance and historical fiction and have been known to read a novel in one sitting or into the early morning That was not the case with this book I regret I was lulled to sleep within the first few pages of narrative as Balogh introduced the players giving every single guest at the Christmas gathering thorough background and description Anyway, as I am no quitter, I tried again the next night and again the next night Frankly it made for tedious reading as if I was reading a baronetage and I was not at all sure who the key characters were supposed to be in this novel for a couple chapters It wasn t until about Chapter 10 when I actually became interested in the key characters and the writing took on focusand I finished the rest in one sitting The main characters, Lady Overfield and Baron Hodges, were very likeable and I had been hopeful for them from the very beginning despite their nine year age difference she the elder widow After the first ten chapters, the story became engaging and despite a few lagging and repetitive descriptions that are obviously meant to set up for future books, I enjoyed it very much I m just disappointed that it took so long to drag me to a turning point that made me invested in the characters Thank you for the ARC I am glad to have read this and can recommend to Regency romance readers looking for a series to become immersed in flag 4 likesLike see review Sep 15, 2018 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing Shelves 2018, f romance regency Reviewed for NetGalley I really enjoyed this novel It was classic Balogh Yearning, hope, talking about everything It reminded me a lot of my favorite Balogh Novel, Slightly Dangerous So, yeah Definitely a fun read for me Would recommend flag 4 likesLike see review Nov 28, 2018 Rose Blue rated it it was amazing As reviewed at Roses Are Blue s my firm belief that there is no one on the planet who writes better, warmer, heart touching family and Christmas scenes than Mary Balogh Though SOMEONE TO TRUST is not specifically a Christmas romance, much of the first part of the book takes place over the holiday, as our hero and heroine, Colin, Baron Hodges, and Lady Elizabeth Overfield, attend a house party at the home of their married siblings It s not an exaggeration to say As reviewed at Roses Are Blue s my firm belief that there is no one on the planet who writes better, warmer, heart touching family and Christmas scenes than Mary Balogh Though SOMEONE TO TRUST is not specifically a Christmas romance, much of the first part of the book takes place over the holiday, as our hero and heroine, Colin, Baron Hodges, and Lady Elizabeth Overfield, attend a house party at the home of their married siblings It s not an exaggeration to say that the family love, the Christmas joy, the fun, and the celebrations left me breathless, so much so, that I wished I were there to take part.Colin and Elizabeth have met previously, and shared an instantaneous camaraderie Now, at the party, their friendship becomes solid, as they find they enjoy each other s company than anyone else s Colin idealizes the widowed Elizabeth, who epitomizes everything he admires in a woman warmth, a sense of humor, poise, serenity, and a quiet loveliness In turn, Elizabeth finds Colin to be sincerely charming, kind, a gentleman, and very, very attractive But Elizabeth is a widow of thirty five, while Colin is just twenty six, and such a disparity in their ages makes any thought of a relationship impossible Still, when they are tumbled into a snowbank and share a kiss, they are only a man and a woman.Colin and Elizabeth brush off the kiss, and try their best to resume their just friends relationship When there is dancing, they find that they waltz together as if made for that purpose They share conversations about anything and everything, and even discuss their own marriage goals Elizabeth has been widowed six years, and is considering allowing an older man, Sir Geoffrey, to court her during the upcoming season, with the possibility that she will accept him, if he should propose again Colin is also thinking that it may be time for him to settle down and marry The thought of starting his own family and holiday traditions holds much appeal As the party ends, Colin and Elizabeth agree to share the first waltz together at any ball they both attend during the upcoming season.When spring arrives, and the season starts, Colin and Elizabeth pick up right where they left off, sharing laughs, great conversation, and beautiful waltzes Multiple times Colin suggests that they should forego looking for other matches and marry each other Though his proposals were originally meant teasingly, the wish soon becomes real, though Elizabeth laughingly turns him down every time Finally, in an attempt to settle her life, Elizabeth accepts Sir Geoffrey s proposal, and becomes engaged, with the marriage to take place within the month Though Colin wishes her well, and tries to be philosophical about Elizabeth s engagement, it was a serious blow to him He decides that he must move forward, and begins actively seeking a bride for himself.When Elizabeth and Colin continue their waltzing, clearly showing their closeness, Sir Geoffrey reveals a jealous and spiteful aspect to his personality, creating a scene at his own engagement ball The ensuing scandal creates havoc, with the whole extended Westcott family involved, all trying to be helpful and to fix the situation Meanwhile, Colin s narcissistic mother comes back into his life, trying to control his future, and force him into a marriage with a beautiful debutante.I adore this book I love Elizabeth and Colin, who are both wonderful characters, and who fit together about as perfectly as it s possible to fit They tell themselves that there s no possibility of their being together, while they each secretly long for it than anything in the world All of the resistance to their making a match causes it to be even sweeter when they finally find a way to be together despite all the odds against them Friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes, and it s beautifully done here, as a solid friendship evolves to include passion and love Several members of the extended Westcott family play a prominent part of this story, and I greatly enjoyed revisiting those characters I met in the previous four books in this series Though author Mary Balogh is careful to include a description of the familial relationships in this story, even a family tree is included, I believe a reader will truly savor the progression of their lives by reading the previous books in the Westcott series I would be remiss if I didn t particularly mention the Duke of Netherby, who continues to weave his languid magic to somehow always find a way to make things right, while elegantly stealing scenes He is a rock star SOMEONE TO TRUST is a beautifully written installment in a wonderful series Every part of the story worked for me The family love and support and the Christmas celebrations are heartwarming, poignant, and emotional The love between Colin and Elizabeth is truly joyful, romantic, and solid I have no doubt that they will live happily ever after flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 17, 2018 Sonya Heaney rated it really liked it Shelves historical romance, regency era Someone to Trust takes its time to develop, but by the halfway point I thought it was doing something I haven t come across often before, and I was hooked Mary Balogh s Westcott family books have the most unusual and diverse types of romances I ve come across in a series, and yet it never feels forced.Unfortunately, I don t think this is a book that can be as easily enjoyed if readers are new to the series, and a glance at a few reviews confirms it There are too many characters, with too many Someone to Trust takes its time to develop, but by the halfway point I thought it was doing something I haven t come across often before, and I was hooked Mary Balogh s Westcott family books have the most unusual and diverse types of romances I ve come across in a series, and yet it never feels forced.Unfortunately, I don t think this is a book that can be as easily enjoyed if readers are new to the series, and a glance at a few reviews confirms it There are too many characters, with too many complex histories and relationships, for this one to be anything other than confusing to newbie particularly in the Christmas scenes at the start.However, beyond that, this is a bittersweet sort of story, with a relationship that starts off a little improbable, and develops into something very strong We have a heroine who has been a background character for four books before this, steady, friendly, a little plain and a widow who escaped an abusive husband In her mid thirties, she is watching life pass her by, and she is willing to settle on a loveless second marriage in order to achieve some of her dreams.Our hero is the younger brother of the heroine of book three, and is significantly enough younger than the heroine that not a single character ever considered they could or would marry However, he comes from a family of vain, narcissistic people, and has grown to appreciate a person s character over anything else.Something else I really appreciated was that the spinster aunt of the family, one who has been a bit of a caricature so far, was revealed to have hidden pain and lost hopes and dreams of her own Even in reality even today women like her are still mocked for being husbandless and childless, and it s so easy to forget that these women often had all the same plans for their futures other women did only, they never achieved them.And because I thought the characterisation of all involved was so realistic and even moving, this one comment stood out to me as deeply insensitive She had no children and no sense of humour strange that those two things seemed to go together in his mind. I m still not sure why it was even in the book, considering how wonderfully the themes were handled the rest of the time.Each book in this series seems to be a little unconventional than the one that came before it, and for me each one is a surprise in that it is even emotional, beneath that Regency veneer I also think that is why the books in this series divide readers, many of whom probably aren t looking for these themes in their historical romance romps.This isn t as easy a book to love as the other instalments in the series, and yet at some point as I was reading I realised I d gone from liking it to loving it Even with the occasional overabundance of characters, in amongst them was a deeply emotional story that I will remember when I ve forgotten a lot of others flag 3 likesLike see review Dec 27, 2018 SidneyKay rated it did not like it Shelves romance regency A cornucopia of characters can be overwhelming even from the bestI always look forward to Mary Balogh s books She s always been one of my favorites From the very beginning in 1983 with The Masked Deception, I knew she was special Her books were always fuller, deeper, and involved than most of the rest She can handle tricky, controversial subjects with a quiet, subtle hand Is she a Goddess Well, yes Does she sometimes not succeed Well, yes sometimes even Goddesses trip over words A cornucopia of characters can be overwhelming even from the bestI always look forward to Mary Balogh s books She s always been one of my favorites From the very beginning in 1983 with The Masked Deception, I knew she was special Her books were always fuller, deeper, and involved than most of the rest She can handle tricky, controversial subjects with a quiet, subtle hand Is she a Goddess Well, yes Does she sometimes not succeed Well, yes sometimes even Goddesses trip over words.I was so excited when Someone to Trust came out It was the first book I read when the new books hit the shelves This story happens to be one of her quiet romances and, much to my sorrow, it didn t have the sparkle I have come to expect in a Balogh story In fact, at times I found the narrative exhausting Why is that, you may ask Well, my little Petunia s, every character in her Westcott series is in the book The story seemed as if it were one gigantic epilogue, but instead of butterflies flapping we have snowflakes falling Someone to Trust begins where Someone to Care ends It also happens to be set in the wintertime around the holidays, hence the snow This story s romantic pair are Colin Handrich, Lord Hughes, and Lady Elizabeth Overfield And, they get lost in the shuffle Even though there is a pedigree chart in the front of the book, it only helps a little For me, all those characters together were one big noisy clutter and trying to keep track of them gave me a headache Let s see, we have Eugenia, Dowager Countess of Riverdale She is the grandmother of Camille Cunningham, the wife of Joel Cunningham They are the parents of Winifred, Robbie, Sarah, and newborn Jacob Camille was a Westcott, which means her siblings are Harry and Abigail Westcott Those two haven t had their stories, yet Their mother is Viola Kingsley notice the last name is different, see Someone to Care Viola recently married Marcel Lamarr and we are celebrating their marriage when this story begins There is also Anna Archer, aka Westcott, aka Duchess of Netherby her husband is Avery, Duke of Netherby They have a child, Josephine Then we have Alexander Westcott, Earl of Rivendale he s legitimate he is married to Wren who is the sister of Colin our hero Wren has a birthmark on her face They have a gooey child by the name of Nathan All of these people are talking and having snowball fights but wait there s There is Lady Jessica Archer, half sister to Avery and daughter of Louise There is Boris, Ivan, and Peter There is Michael, Mary, Matilda, Althea, Estelle, Bertrand, Louise, Sleepy, Sneezy, and Sleezy Oh, and don t forget Sir Geoffrey Codaire, but he s not at the party Also not at this party are Colin s family, Lady Hodges and his sisters they show up in a later section of the book These are not the only people who populate this novel there are just waaaay tooooo many for me to remember Whenever, any of these people were introduced we also were given a brief wrap up of their story All of these characters overwhelmed the narrative and I was not able to enjoy Colin and Elizabeth s romance.Colin and Elizabeth s romance is buried in the plethora of characters who move through the pages of this story The main theme of the book was an age difference she s the eldest by nine years But that was buried under the chaos Let s not forget Colin s horrible mother, who should never have been forgiven She was a vain creature who thought only of herself She was emotionally and psychologically abusive to mostly Wren, but Colin was also occasionally on the receiving end of his mother s actions For some reason Ms Balogh chooses to sugarcoat Lady Hodges character at the end As far as I m concerned, Colin and his sister Wren should never have had anything to do with their mother Why they would ever expose their future children to this woman was beyond me As I ve said before just because people are related doesn t been they should be part of the family.Anyway, bottom line I was disappointed in this story I was overwhelmed by all of the characters who made an appearance in the book, both past and future ones All of these supporting people distracted from the main couple, and I was not able to find any spark between Elizabeth and Colin Normally, Ms Balogh s quiet books have a chemistry between the hero and heroine which is burning just below the surface For me, there was no burning, yearning, or desire between Colin and Elizabeth Sadly, they were hidden beneath too many people for a romance to develop flag 3 likesLike see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Mary Jenkins was born in 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two year teaching contract in 1967 She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian When she s not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting She also enjoys watching tennis and curling.Mary Balogh started writing in the evenings as a hobby Her first book, a Regency love story, was published in 1985 as A Masked Deception under her married name In 1988, she retired from teaching after 20 years to pursue her dream to write full time She has written than seventy novels and almost thirty novellas since then, including the New York Times bestselling Slightly sextet and Simply quartet She has won numerous awards, including Bestselling Historical of the Year from the Borders Group, and her novel Simply Magic was a finalist in the Quill Awards She has won seven Waldenbooks Awards and two B Dalton Awards for her bestselling novels, as well as a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award Other books in the series Westcott 6 books Books by Mary Balogh More Trivia About Someone to Trust No trivia or quizzes yet Add some now Quotes from Someone to Trust He pulled loose the ribbons of her bonnet and tossed the garment onto the opposite seat He held her head against his shoulder and rested his cheek on top of it He had no idea if she needed to be gathered in or not But he needed to gather Idiot, he said You precious idiot, Elizabeth 1 likes It is the human condition No one escapes, even those who may appear to others to live charmed lives But we all have the choice of whether to be defined by the negatives in our lives or to make of our present and future and our very selves what we want them to be 1 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 334, 520, 346, 83, 18 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy Help Work with us Authors Advertise Authors ads blog API Connect 2019 , Inc Mobile version

    Welcome back Just a moment while we sign you in to your account.

    How to Rebuild Trust with Someone Who Hurt You Nothing hurts than feeling betrayed by someone you love and trust Betrayal can come in many forms, such as dishonesty, disloyalty, unfaithfulness, or withholding. Ways to Build Trust wikiHow Jan , How to Build Trust Trust may be the most important factor in successful relationships.Simpson, J A Psychological foundations of trust Current directions in psychological science, , A person trusts another when Trust Definition of Trust by Merriam Webster Why It Matters Bypass trusts help parents pass assets to children or other beneficiaries or spouses pass assets to each other in a manner that prevents the assets from being subjected to estate tax multiple times However, because they are irrevocable, the decision to put assets in a bypass trust is one that must be made carefully. How to Convince Someone to Trust You Again Steps Apr , Losing someone s trust can be painful for everyone involved While it s not always easy, convincing someone to trust you again is possible if you re patient and attentive. How to Gain Trust Simply Four Ways Thin Difference Trust as a verb means to believe If you believe in something or someone, then you have confidence in them To gain trust, we must be believable so that another will have confidence in our ability to keep our word, do our part, and follow through on expectations set. Well Being Trust is a national foundation dedicated to Well Being Trust is a national foundation dedicated to advancing the mental, social and spiritual health of the nation We aim to significantly reduce the personal, familial, social and economic costs of mental illness and substance misuse. How do I make someone an admin or moderator of my Facebook Only current admins can make someone an admin or moderator of a group. How To Help The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust OTHER WAYS TO GIVE If you would prefer not to donate online and you live in the UK or USA, please click the relevant tabs to the right hand side of this page for information about the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in the UK and the The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA.These non profit organisations can assist you in making a direct donation to them. The importance of building trust HuffPost Mar , In essence, trust is a feeling of security that you have, based on the belief that someone or something is knowledgeable, reliable, good, honest, and effective. OneCity Trust Edinburgh s Inclusion Trust President Frank Ross, The Rt Hon The Lord Provost and Lord Lieutenant of the City of Edinburgh The mission of the OneCity Trust is to fight inequality and exclusion in the City of Edinburgh.

    • [PDF] Ò Free Read Æ Someone to Trust : by Mary Balogh ✓
      ASIN
      B07B78CVNY
      Series
      "/>
      298 Mary Balogh
    • thumbnail Title: [PDF] Ò Free Read Æ Someone to Trust : by Mary Balogh ✓
      Posted by:Mary Balogh
      Published :2018-012-01T12:37:15+00:00

    About "Mary Balogh"

      • Mary Balogh

        Mary Jenkins was born in 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two year teaching contract in 1967 She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian When she s not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting She also enjoys watching tennis and curl Mary Jenkins was born in 1944 in Swansea, Wales, UK After graduating from university, moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, to teach high school English, on a two year teaching contract in 1967 She married her Canadian husband, Robert Balogh, and had three children, Jacqueline, Christopher and Sian When she s not writing, she enjoys reading, music and knitting She also enjoys watching tennis and curling.Mary Balogh started writing in the evenings as a hobby Her first book, a Regency love story, was published in 1985 as A Masked Deception under her married name In 1988, she retired from teaching after 20 years to pursue her dream to write full time She has written than seventy novels and almost thirty novellas since then, including the New York Times bestselling Slightly sextet and Simply quartet She has won numerous awards, including Bestselling Historical of the Year from the Borders Group, and her novel Simply Magic was a finalist in the Quill Awards She has won seven Waldenbooks Awards and two B Dalton Awards for her bestselling novels, as well as a Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award


    401 Comments

    1. Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh is a 2018 Berkley publication A winter romance that will warm your heart While attending a Christmas Party at the Wescott s which also doubled as a wedding, the widow Elizabeth Overton and Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, spend some easy going and friendly time together However, they are both aware of a little something extra simmering just below the surface Although they are both convinced it is time for them to marry, it most certainly would not be to one another So [...]


    2. It s not often that I read a historical romance where the woman is older than the man, I guess I don t read that many in contemporary romances either That s telling, right I think there s still a bit of a stigma with that combination even in the present, and I have to say I m guilty of being just a little hesitant to pick up a book when I know the man is younger than the woman However, whenever Elizabeth and Colin were together on the page, I forgot their ages and just longed for them to find It [...]


    3. Yes I know, it s not my usual genre right.Years ago though before I become an avid reader, blogger, reviewer I did paddle my feet in water of this genre, historical fiction and it was lovely to return to it.I received this in the post I hadn t asked for it, I hadn t requested it It was unsolicited mail, I still love that kind of post however on the odd occasion I get a book I wouldn t read.But I thought I d take a go at this It s book 5 I so wish publishers wouldn t do this if it s not stand Yes [...]


    4. Lovely story Fun I m pretty sure this is the first book I ve read by this author The synopsis sounded intriguing and I knew it was the type of story I usually enjoy when I dive into a historical romance.One thing about this story is it is a part of a series There are a lot of characters in the story and the author had to do a lot of backtracking to keep us up to date on what was happening in the book.It did take me a few chapters to catch up on the story and I did struggle Lovely story Fun I m p [...]


    5. Well, another one in this series I liked but didn t love It started out so promisingly as have all of them But, I forgot that Colin, the H, is Wren s brother from Someone To Wed And that means that Colin s mother is the horrible and horrifying Lady Hodges shudders I HATE the character of Lady Hodges, and she pretty much spoiled this book for me I hated her in Someone To Wed, and I hated the revisit in this book Sadly, she had quite an important role in the plot in the later half of t Well, anoth [...]


    6. This is fifth in the series and the characters from them all are intertwined remorselessly Indeed, Elizabeth featured prominently in the first That said, at this point, the whole Westcott brood is so large that I don t remember half of these people, any, so you re about even whether you ve read the others or start here Probably At least, if you have a memory like mine.Yeah, I m a bit tired of dragging the entire family all over the place It s overwhelming And this one starts with a Chr This is f [...]


    7. Step back in time where one wrong step will cause tongues of the Ton to wag Mary Balogh s SOMEONE TO TRUST is the story of finding love and taking a chance on following your heart The widow Elizabeth Oldfield finds herself flattered by the attentions of a younger man, Lord Hodges, but she never expected him to steal her heart Dare they take a chance on personal happiness, turning their backs on society s small minds This one started out rather slow for me as a cast of relations were introduce St [...]


    Leave a Reply